Dr. Christine Ngaruiya, MD, MSc, DTM&H, is a physician and global health researcher in the Section of Global Health and International Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale University. She completed a Global Health and International Emergency Medicine Fellowship in the Department from 2013-2015. As part of the fellowship, she attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom, where she matriculated with a Master of Science in Tropical Medicine and International Health and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2015. Her research and advocacy interests center on: Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), barriers to care, community-based interventions, and ethics in clinical practice, all with a focus on Africa and specifically her home-country, Kenya.
Christine was born in the United States, but left shortly after beginning her elementary school education here, returning with her family to Kenya. Growing up there, she was exposed to extreme disparities in health and healthcare. She has participated in various aspects of global health over her academic career with aims to address some of these issues.
Her work has been published in a variety of outlets, and she has lectured both nationally and internationally on topics pertaining to non-communicable diseases and Emergency Medicine. Some past honors include: the Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association (EMRA) Augustine D’Orta Award for leadership and service in community health care, Global Health Chief Resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Associate for social entrepreneurship activities in Africa, and the 2014 Harambe Pfizer Fellow Award for entrepreneurial activities related to health. She has held several national leadership positions including with: the American Medical Students’ Association (AMSA), the Student National Medical Association (NMA), the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA), the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). Most recently, she served on the Research Symposium Committee for the African Congress on Emergency Medicine in 2014.
In addition to matriculating as faculty in the Department of Emergency at Yale in 2015, she was also selected as one of twenty women faculty from across campus for the 2015-2016 Yale Public Voices Fellowship, a program of The OpEd project and Echoing Green, contributing to diversifying the media voice.